Retrospective (Red House Painters album)

Retrospective is a double-disc compilation of Red House Painters' songs from the band's 4AD era. The compilation was released in July 1999. Disc one is a collection of definitive Red House Painters tracks culled from their debut album Down Colorful Hill through 1995's Ocean Beach, as picked by 4AD label owner Ivo Watts-Russell. Disc two, subtitled Demos, Outtakes, Live (1989-1995), is a collection of unreleased demos and live recordings from their 4AD years. The essay inside the booklet was written by Rob O'Connor in April 1999. A working title for this collection was Red Perspective.[3]

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Compilation album by
ReleasedJuly 19, 1999
GenreFolk rock, slowcore
LengthCD1: 77:51
CD2: 66:23
Total: 144:08
ProducerMark Kozelek
Red House Painters chronology
Songs for a Blue Guitar
Old Ramon
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Track listingEdit

All tracks are written by Mark Kozelek, except where noted.

CD1: Retrospective
1."Shock Me"Ace FrehleyShock Me EP4:47
2."Grace Cathedral Park" Red House Painters I3:52
3."Katy Song" Red House Painters I8:25
4."Summer Dress" Ocean Beach2:54
5."New Jersey" (Electric Version) Red House Painters II4:26
6."Medicine Bottle" Down Colorful Hill9:51
7."Michael" Down Colorful Hill5:23
8."San Geronimo" Ocean Beach7:37
9."Bubble" Red House Painters II5:32
10."Mistress" (Piano Version) Red House Painters I4:33
11."Drop" Ocean Beach8:53
12."Evil" Red House Painters II7:19
13."Rollercoaster" Red House Painters I4:18
CD2: Demos, Outtakes, Live (1989-1995)
1."Funhouse" (1989 Demo) 6:07
2."Waterkill" (1990 Demo) 7:04
3."Uncle Joe" (1990 Demo) 5:56
4."Helicopter" (1991 Demo)Kozelek, Jerry Vessel5:41
5."Brown Eyes" (1992 4-Track Demo) 2:01
6."Dragonflies" (1992 Outtake)Kozelek, Robyn Riel-Nail4:05
7."Japanese to English" (Live in Paris, 1993) 4:21
8."Shock Me" (Live on KCRW, 1993)Frehley4:26
9."Over My Head" (1993 4-Track Demo) 3:58
10."Brockwell Park" (1993 4-Track Demo) 5:51
11."Shadows" (1994 Outtake) 5:41
12."Mistress" (Live on KCRW, 1995) 4:28
13."Summer Dress" (Live on KCRW, 1995) 2:34
14."Instrumental" (1995 Demo) 4:05


  • "Waterkill" (1990 demo) and "Instrumental"(1995 demo) previously unreleased.
  • Art direction and design by v23.
  • Wire photograph by Chris Bigg; lighthouse photograph by Dominic Davies.
  • Liner notes by Rob O'Connor (credited to "Rob O'Condor"; this is a typographical error. Rob O'Connor also penned the liner notes for the vinyl edition of Mark Kozelek's Admiral Fell Promises album in 2010[4]).

Release historyEdit

Country Date Label Format Catalogue #
United Kingdom July 19, 1999 4AD 2CD DAD 9013 CD[5]
United States July 20, 1999 DAD 9011 CD[5]


  1. ^ Phares, Heather. "Retrospective". AllMusic. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Retrospective - NME". 12 September 2005. Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  3. ^ "Red House Painters - Retrospective (CD, Promo, Compilation): Discogs". Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  4. ^ "Sun Kil Moon - Admiral Fell Promises (Vinyl, LP, Album): Discogs". Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  5. ^ a b "Red House Painters - Retrospective - Releases - Discogs". Retrieved 9 April 2019.